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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Washington County senior Joe Joe Simms has picked up the Player of the Year award for Kentucky 2A District 4 football from the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. According to KFCA executive director Jimmie Reed, the coaches in each district vote on a coach of the year and a player of the year for their district.
“It's a great honor but I owe it to my teammates; my linemen, backs and receivers,” said Simms. “I also have to thank the coaching staff.”
Simms has put up impressive numbers this season and the coaches around District 4 took notice.
For the regular season, Simms threw for a total of 2,505 yards, while completing 176 of 283 passes for a completion rate of 62.2 percent. He also threw for 34 touchdowns while throwing a total of eight interceptions.
Simms is also a threat on the ground. His 717 rushing yards on 136 carries led all Commander backs this season. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry.
Simms also had plenty of help from his fellow teammates and his offensive numbers wouldn't be there if not for outstanding individual efforts by fellow seniors Lee Mudd and Nathan Hood, sophomore receiver Quan Turner and Simms' younger brother Alex.
Washington County also picked up Kentucky 2A District 4 Coach of the Year honors for head football coach Mark Perry. Perry was quick to credit his coaching staff for their hard work.
“I'm one of six guys that work extremely hard,” said Perry. “We have an assistant coaching staff of five that work like ten. I have to give credit to Jeff Doig, Tim Messer, Larry Smith, Nate VanSickle and Eric Segrecy. Those five guys do a great job.”
It was a year of change for the Commanders this year as Perry and staff adopted a new style of offense that concentrated more on the passing game. The move didn't come without its growing pains or its share of critics. But as the Commanders seem to be peaking going into the playoffs, they could be team to prove that it's not how you start that counts, but how you finish.
“Winning awards is nice,” added Perry. “But I'll trade it for a win at Green County this Friday.”